Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"GIS Mapping - Ancient Turkey"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2013 - DURI
Research area(s):
archaeology, GIS, deforestation, web publishing
Project Description:
The project entails mounting archaeological survey data into an on line georeferenced database with Google Earth compatability. Since 1996 the Rough Cilicia Archaeological Survey Team has conducted twelve summer campaigns in the vicinity of Gazipasha Turkey (ancient Rough Cilicia). At least 150 archaeological loci, including 8 urban sites of the Roman era, have been identified by the survey team. In all the pedestrian team has investigated some 300 km2 of archaeological terrain. The architectural team has produced plans of 14 significant settlements ranging from large urban sites on the coast to village and isolated farm sites in the hinterland. The pedestrian team has processed more than 7500 ceramic fragments to generate localized and general use chronologies for past regional habitation. The purpose of the project is to assemble digitized data into an on line database for all 150 archaeological loci investigated thus far. The data represents architectural features as well as artifacts and small finds. Some 10000 georeferenced points are ready to be assembled. All data is georeferenced and will be uploaded into Google earth. The project has agreements to post the data on-line with Purdue Libraries, Open Context at UC-Berkeley, and Prof. Matei's site, Visible Past.
Expected Student Contributions:
Intern will assist with data assembly and link assemblage of database entries to related drawings, plans, photographs, videoclips, and datum points. The intern will assist the team and Purdue Library in assembling the data for the collaborating web sites.
Related Website(s):
Desired Qualifications:
Some ancient historical or archaeological background is necessary (e.g. CLCS 181 and above); GIS training is not necessary but would be advantageous; also useful, statistical analysis or image formatting skills.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 2 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Rauh, Nicholas
school of languages and cultures

Student Supervisor

Nick Rauh
Professor of Classics

Cooperating Faculty

Sorin Matei
Lawrence Theller